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Project Manager - Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Columbus State Community College
Columbus, OH
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Job Details

Requisition ID: req3230

Job Title: Project Manager - Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Department: Enrollment Mgmt & Student Svcs

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Externally Funded

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Annual

Compensation: $63,000

Schedule: M-F, 8am-5pm; additional hours as needed. 

The College

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes. 

With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, several regional learning centers and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation.  The College is also a proud partner to over 40 high schools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from high school to college that encourage qualified young people to earn dual credit – high school and college credit – while they are still in high school. 

The City

Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally.

Position Summary 

The Project Manager for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides project design and management to identify potential partners within the manufacturing sector to expand the state presence in Industry 4.0 (robotics, 3D printing, cloud computing, virtual reality, etc.) The Project Manager works with clients to expand use of Industry 4.0 methods and best practices and to ensure satisfactory and efficient progression of projects in accordance with the client's needs and college standards. Utilizing best practice retention strategies for ensuring the ongoing involvement of clients, the Project Manager conducts meetings and engages in follow-up discussions with clients, and works with project teams to facilitate concurrence regarding due dates, quality standards, and client satisfaction. Utilizes technical expertise to organize and lead industry-relevant webinars and training sessions. Collaborates with marketing team to develop educational and sales materials that promote Industry 4.0 methods and the obtainment of related certifications.

Core Competencies Required 

Professionalism, Adaptability, Managing Work, Communication, Continuous Improvement, Delivering High-Impact Presentations, Customer/Student/Employee, Focus, Planning and Organizing, Collaboration, Guiding Interactions, Earning Trust


Project Management

Coordinate, collaborate, and provide oversight to partner service providers engaged in direct service as an extension of the MEP. Creation and facilitation of peer networks comprised of experienced users of Industry 4.0 methods and new adopters. May include weekly status updates to both internal and external stake holders. Work with project team to implement decisions that will improve results. Engages with stakeholders at all levels to ensure that projects are progressing appropriately and makes adjustments based on stakeholder feedback. Ensure customer compliance with end of program elevation surveys.

Relationship Management 

Identifies potential business operations improvement partners. Consults with clients throughout operations improvement process to assess satisfaction, provide support, and build rapport.

Training & Development 

Organizes and conducts Industry 4.0-focused technical trainings and webinars designed to educate and improve performance. Facilitates training for small
manufacturers on improvement of equity and inclusion practices in recruitment and the workplace. Implements decisions based on results. Participates in professional development activities, in-campus meetings, and serves on committees, as required.

Marketing & Communication 

Utilizes technical knowledge to assist in the development of promotional and outreach materials, including print, digital, web, and social media. Where applicable either sources or captures original images to utilize in outreach communication and documentation. Incorporates client feedback into marketing strategy. Leverages technical knowledge to build and implement educational resources that will grow Industry 4.0 methods in Ohio. Delivers high-impact educational and sales presentations to potential clients. Represents the MEP at Columbus State at industry association events and conferences. Monitors and responds to appropriate inquiries received through MEP.CSCC.EDU.

CRM Administration

Researches and serves as a liaison with technical training and education providers across the State. Where appropriate identifies or develops applications within identified CRM. Provides the MEP Director with weekly dashboard reports.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Manages multiple assignments of varying complexity and meets tight timelines and deadlines with the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners. Ensures College name and image is perceived positively by external as well as internal audience/stakeholders. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.

Physical Requirements

While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee regularly stands and walks for extended periods of time, and occasionally sits. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbs or balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 25 pounds when moving files, boxes and other materials. With multiple conference spaces as well as meetings across the campus, employee regularly walks outside to other buildings.

Working Conditions

Typical office environment. Regular exposure to moderate noise typical to manufacturing environments. Must travel to various Columbus State campuses and sites.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Policies and procedures of Ohio Development Services Agency and CSCC; project management principles; continuous improvement and operational excellence methods; basic manufacturing technologies; computers, software, including cloud applications, to include Microsoft Office applications (Work, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);; Facebook marketing principles.

Skill in: Developing and maintaining good relationships; effective communication; problem solving; customer service; customer retention strategies; operating general office equipment; general typing; application of job related software programs.

Ability to: Exhibit creativity in client interactions; effectively communicate in oral, written, and graphic forms; listen and participate in collaborative work; develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the College; effectively work with persons of varying cultures and diversity;
problem solve effectively.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Social Sciences, Higher Education, Business Systems, Information Technology, Statistics, Research or a closely related field of study. Three (3) years of professional experience in analysis and research or equivalent combination of education and experience. DDI facilitator certification; Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certification; Digital Photography Certificate. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework and experience may qualify a candidate.


About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State is one of the largest colleges in Ohio, serving approximately 45,000 students annually. Committed to equity and accessibility, and driven to innovate on behalf of our students and our community at large, Columbus State is positioned as Central Ohio’s front door to higher education. Embracing a partnership mindset, Columbus State collaborates with university partners to provide affordable bachelor’s degree options, and with the region’s major employers to develop relevant, real-world educational offerings that produce in-demand workforce talent.


Columbus State offers convenient access to classes and college services at its locations across Central Ohio. Our Columbus Campus is located in the downtown Creative Campus neighborhood of the city’s Discovery District, while our Delaware Campus serves students in the fast-growing northern part of the region. Our Regional Learning Centers are located in Dublin, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Westerville at Otterbein University, and The Southwest Center at Bolton Field.

National Recognition

Columbus State’s commitment to diverse, equitable and inclusive outcomes for our students and a better society is reflected in our recognition as the 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award winner by Achieving the Dream, a national network dedicated to eliminating equity gaps in community college education. Columbus State is an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and a 2021 member of its Racial Equity Leadership Academy initiative to further institutional racial equity change.

Points of Distinction

• In August 2019, Columbus State opened the new home for its School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Mitchell Hall.

• The College is a leader in The College Credit Plus Program, an Ohio Department of Education strategy aimed at increasing educational attainment.

• Thanks to its strong academic foundation, Columbus State is extremely successful in the grant-writing arena, with 98 active grants from federal and state agencies, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and other sources with a total value of $70.4 million.

• Columbus State holds an annual Day of Service, where hundreds of students, faculty, and staff volunteer at dozens of locations around the area, totaling nearly 2,500 hours of service each year.

• In 2018, Columbus State adopted Four Pillars of Student Financial Stability and is actively partnering with community organizations to help solve issues of housing and food insecurity for our students.

• In 2019, the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State opened on the Columbus Campus to help address food insecurity for students and the larger community.

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